Director* R&D Program Management - Oncology Drug Portfolio Lead

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Mainz
  • Work experience
  • Executive Middle Management
  • Project Management, Product Management
  • Research, development, teaching
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As a part of our team of more than 2.500 pioneers, you will play a key role in developing solutions for some of the most crucial scientific challenges of our age. Within less than a year, we were able to develop our COVID-19 mRNA vaccine following the highest scientific and ethical standards – writing medical history.
We aim to reduce the suffering of people with life-changing therapies by harnessing the potential of the immune system to develop novel therapies against cancer and infectious diseases. While doing so, we are guided by our three company values: united, innovative, passionate. Get in touch with us if you are looking to be a part of creating hope for a healthy future in many people's lives.

Director* R&D Program Management - Oncology Drug Portfolio Lead

We broaden the universe of patients, improving the success rate and exploiting the full potential of the immune system.
Through your innovation, passion and unity with your colleagues you can become a pioneer in our Global R&D Program Management team, at the heart of aligning all functions to bring our science to survival.

In the function as Oncology Drug Portfolio Lead within the Research & Development Program Management team you will lead a team of individual Project and Program Managers and oversee the research and early clinical development programs for one of our Oncology Drug Portfolios. The Oncology Drug Portfolio Leads are part of the Program Management Leadership Team building a best-in-class Program Management team to deliver on BioNTech´s commitment to bring our science to survival.
Your main responsibilities are:
  • Ensure global oversight and integration of multiple research & translational projects and programs within one of BioNTech´s Oncology Drug Portfolio including streamlining of daily operations, prioritization, risk/opportunity management and issue resolution
  • Proactively identify and escalate portfolio-wide opportunities and risks which require overarching pipeline- or organization-level action
  • Partner with Oncology Drug Portfolio Leads in other functions to ensure progression of all projects and programs in the respective Oncology Portfolio by efficiently managing cross-functional/organizational relationships required to execute plans
  • Consolidate and share knowledge, best practices, and learnings across different platforms and program teams within the respective Oncology Drug Portfolio and beyond
  • Integrate Drug Portfolio strategy and operational execution across corresponding projects and programs to ensure delivery of Drug Portfolio goals including strategic and operational guidance to responsible Program Managers and teams within the respective Oncology Drug Portfolio
  • Build, mentor, develop, and retain talent and manage the Research & Translation Program Management team for the respective Oncology Drug Portfolio including resource (personnel and budget) management, informed and risk-based decision-making, and prioritization
  • Partner, advise and support individual Program Managers to prepare effectively for key strategic decision point discussions and senior leadership and governance interactions
  • Ensure Program Management deliverables within the respective Oncology Drug Portfolio in relevant systems to enable accurate and effective decision-making in various processes e.g. budget, forecasting, long term planning, strategic planning, portfolio planning etc.
  • Act as first point of contact and lead communications of the respective Oncology Drug Portfolio status at cross-functional forums
  • Strategic and operational contribution to organization-wide implementation of project and program management structures that allow for knowledge transfer within and across several BioNTech platform technologies and Drug Portfolios and ensure swift and seamless translation of preclinical assets into early clinical testing stage
  • Act as change agent for continuous improvement and transformational initiatives

What you have to offer.

  • Advanced degree in natural/life sciences, medicine, or a comparable field
  • Demonstrated track-record of extensive professional experience in managing translational and early development programs in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry
  • Excellent expertise in the drug development process of pharmaceuticals
  • Profound therapeutic knowledge in the areas of oncology and immuno-oncology
  • Excellent, targeted communication skills
  • Excellent, documented leadership skills including situational leadership
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to influence without authority, motivate with enthusiasm and develop productive working relationships with key stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to build and lead global matrix teams, knowing how to work both at the strategic and operational level and when to delve deeper
  • Process-oriented and able to create and drive process while also recognizing when flexibility is needed
  • Proven track-record in implementing or supporting system/process improvements and change initiatives
  • Ability to lead the development of critical path analyses and scenario planning
  • Expertise with commonly used project management tools and techniques with demonstrated ability to apply them situationally

Benefits for you.

  • Company Pension Scheme
  • Childcare
  • Jobticket
  • Company Bike
  • Leave Account
  • Fitness Courses
  • Mobile Office
  • Special Vacation
... and much more.

Have we kindled your pioneering spirit?

Then apply now for our location Mainz or Cambridge (Massachusetts) and simply send us your application documents using our online form.

If you have any further questions, our Talent Acquisition Team will be happy to answer them on +49 (0) 6131-9084-1291 (monday-friday, from 12 noon to 4 pm).

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We look forward to your application!

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